Why do soy candles make the best scented candles?

Candles have always been an important part of people’s lives.  Originally used to provide light before the invention of the electric light bulb, now candles are generally used to improve the fragrance of a room or house.  It then follows, that today, people are after an environmentally friendly scented candle that allows for an excellent scent throw, without the harmful contaminants that can be present in some commercially available scented candles.

Enter the soy candle, one of the cleanest burning scented candles.  In comparison to other types of scented candles, for example candles based on paraffin wax, soy candles have a number of obvious advantages.  Firstly, soy comes from beans (that’s right beans!) and so are 100% environmentally friendly and burn without producing any soot.  Paraffin candles, on the other hand, can emit harmful toxic chemicals, like benzene which is obviously not what you want scenting your home. Secondly, because of the chemical makeup of soy, these scented candles burn for much longer than paraffin based candles, yielding a better return per unit scent (yes I made that scientific metric up).  Finally, studies show that soy candles burn at lower temperatures, which helps to distribute the fragrance.

Another practical advantage of the soy candle is that if a spill occurs (fingers crossed that doesn’t happen) it is not a national disaster, since hot soapy water is enough to clean up the spill.  Unlike most other scented candle types, i.e. paraffin, where the clean up can be quite arduous (those who have tried know what I mean).

For the morally inclined there are ethical reasons to choose soy candles over paraffin scented candles. Paraffin manufactures are almost always large multi-national conglomerates whose business practices often involve exploitation of workers in third world countries.  On the other hand soy is a vegetable that can be easily farmed and its production can be traced back to domestic farming which if done correctly is good for Mother Earth.

So to conclude, there are a number of advantages to making soy candles your scented candle of choice.  They are clean, soot free, burn for longer, release no harmful toxins, provide a wide scent throw and are environmentally friendly. Mood Alchemy, strives to produce a quality scented soy candle that not only looks good but aims to affect your mood. Note Mood Alchemy also produces Mood Reed Diffusers - if you are not familiar with reed diffusers, they are excellent for fragrancing a room without the need for burning a scented candle.cropped_logo

The Power of Natural Fragrance

The ability of natural aromatic fragrances to affect our moods and enhance aspects of our lives is well documented. Throughout history, numerous civilisations have utilized these scents for their healing and cleansing properties, in addition to the simple pleasure that a pleasant fragrance can bring.

A significant revival of interest in the healing properties of plants occurred in the early 20th century – when a French chemist coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 as a result of his investigations into the therapeutic benefits of natural aromatic plant extracts, also known as essential oils.

Today, these properties are rediscovered as our approach to health and wellbeing is reconsidered in response to the pressures of modern life. Using natural essential oil fragrances in our daily lives is one way of countering some of the negative effects of stress. These scents may help us to relax and unwind, energise and restore balance by ministering to our metal state and our emotions.

The word “Perfume” stems from the Latin “per” – meaning through, and “fumum” – meaning smoke. Early perfumes were produced by burning natural plant materials to produce a fragrant smoke – known as incense.

More recently, the fragrant ingredients used to create contemporary perfumes are categorized by their “notes”. A well balanced fragrance consists of Top, Middle and Base notes – just like music!

Top Notes: These are small molecules and are the first notes that you detect on smelling a fragrance – hence they create the first impression. Top notes are typically fresh, sharp and bright scents – initially powerful and intense, stimulating the senses – but they are also the first notes to disappear.

Middle Notes: These start to come through after the disappearance of the Top notes. Middle notes are generally warm and mellow essential oils that provide the heart and soul of a fragrance. They give the fragrance complexity and pave the way for the emergence of the Base notes.

Base Notes: These are the “theme” of the fragrance, and are usually heavy, exotic and sensual – typically derived from woody or resinous plant materials. These scents will be the last to be detected and they “fix” the whole fragrance. They slow down the volatility rate of the top and middle notes –so these earlier notes don’t evaporate too quickly.

All Mood Alchemy soy candlesreed diffusers, room fragrance mists, and goats milk soaps are fragranced with pure and natural essential oils – blended harmoniously with compatible essence families. Each Mood Altering Aromatic fragrance is perfectly balanced using top, middle and base notes.

Remember to keep an open mind when choosing your Mood Alchemy Mood Product, as individuals can respond differently to a particular fragrance.

Natural aromatic fragrances can be a powerful tool in countering the stresses of modern life – they are nature’s gift to our mind, body and spirit.